Environment and Energy

Cambodia has a rich bio-diversity, including an array of diverse organisms and forest resource on which many poor people in the countryside depend for livelihood. However, in recent years the forest resource has increasingly come under pressure from economic land utilization. Meanwhile, the country is known to be vulnerable to impacts of climate change due to its low adaptation capacity. Rural populations are most at risk to destructive climatic events such flood and drought.

Our Goals

A major focus is on assisting the government in preparing necessary measures and strategy to deal with climate change. Responding to the emerging challenges posed by climate change and degradation of natural resources, UNDP’s support focuses on: 1) development of climate change policies and financing mechanisms; 2) pro-poor sustainable forest management and REDD+; and 3) community resilience to climate risks and disasters.more

Learning about environment

Villagers look at educational posters about wildlife and forest preservation. (Photo: UNDP Cambodia)more

Our Stories

Villager Ou Sokhim picks up string bean grown behind her house. Photo: UNDP Cambodia

Water: where small initiatives help communities thrive

KAMPONG SPEU - Sao Bin, a 38-year-old farmer, used to walk three kilometers every day to collect water for drinking, cooking and washing. These days, hemore 

Ms. Saing Mao, 61, front, and her neighbor collects non-timber products from protected forest. Photo: UNDP Cambodia

Women at the core of protecting forests, reducing carbon emissions

KAMPONG CHHNANG - “If we have forests, we have life,” 61 year old Saing Mao harps Cambodia’s national creed as a testament to women’s increasing awarenessmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Cambodia Community Based Adaptation Programme

    The purpose of the Cambodia Community Based Adaptation Programme (CCBAP) is to reduce vulnerability and increase adaptive capacity of the targeted communities to manage the additional risks of climate change. It aims to reduce the vulnerability of Cambodia’s agricultural sector to climate induced changes in water resources availability.more 

  • Cambodia Climate Change Alliance

    Cambodia is regarded as one of the most vulnerable countries in the region to the effects of Climate Change. In particular, Cambodia’s high dependence on agriculture, which relies on rainfall, is an example of a key vulnerability.more 

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